Stanbury D.; Dean H.J.; Pescott O.L.; Staley J.T

Plant community basal data from a hedgerow cutting experiment in England, 2016

This dataset contains plant community data from a hedgerow experiment investigating the effects of cutting regimes on plant species richness. There were four sites, one in Buckinghamshire, two in Oxfordshire and one in Devon. Data were collected in 2016, using 1m x 10m quadrats on each side of the hedgerow at two positions. One quadrat was situated beneath the woody vegetation of the hedge (inner) and one adjacent to the inner quadrat (outer) to sample plant communities growing beside the hedge. Percentage vegetation cover was surveyed up to a height of 80cm.

The hedgerow experiment was one of three long running hedgerow experiments focusing on management to maintain and restore the hedgerow resource under agri-environment schemes. These long running experiments were funded by Defra and managed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Publication date: 2020-05-12

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Stanbury D.; Dean H.J.; Pescott O.L.; Staley J.T (2020). Plant community basal data from a hedgerow cutting experiment in England, 2016. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2016-05-17    to    2016-08-09

Provenance & quality

Data were digitised into Excel after field collection and then imported into an Oracle database that contained all the data from the long running hedgerow experiments. The data provided here have been exported from the Oracle database. The following measures were taken to ensure quality and accuracy: a standard protocol was used, species data were collected by experienced and appropriately qualified field surveyors, species lists were checked by an expert, and data were checked for anomalous values both prior to and post import into the Oracle database.


This dataset is included in the following collections

Data from hedgerow management and biodiversity restoration experiments

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

J.T. Staley, N.P. Adams, S.R. Amy, M.S. Botham, L. Hulmes, S. Hulmes, H.J. Dean, M. McCracken, N. Mitschunas, R.E. Chapman, J.M. Peyton, J. Savage, L.E. Ridding, K.S. Baldock and R.F. Pywell (2018). Effects of hedgerow management and restoration on biodiversity. Defra research project BD2114.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Joanna Staley
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom


Stanbury D.
University of Reading/UKCEH
Dean H.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pescott O.L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Staley J.T
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
biodiversity,  Biodiversity Buckinghamshire,  Devon,  Environmental survey hedgerow,  Oxfordshire,  plant species richness
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
17 September 2020 12:40